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Visual Studio review by jesus g.
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" SI development"

What do you like best?

It is very good software to work in development of information systems, it integrates many help for the development of the works, assistants of work and is very intuitive what facilitates the development of the codes, I can work for windows applications and for web works with php code in ISS servers, I can integrate databases with sql server, access and reports with crystal report to get high level jobs

What do you dislike?

It is very heavy to install, since it must install many libraries so it then consumes a lot of resources of the work team, it takes a lot of ram memory and hard disk capacity, besides its biggest disadvantage is that the applications that we develop with it are only compatible with the windows operating system and that takes away the popularity of the software and generates limitations

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It is very complete and efficient to work with me personally I love working with this software I only recommend having good performance equipment to work since otherwise the whole team will be very slow due to the high consumption of resources of this software

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I use this software with confidence in the development of information systems such as the administrative system of the company where we carry sales and purchases, you can link a database of access and reports by crystal report to develop a functional and operational application that complies with the needs of the users and everything thanks to the visual studio software. also it has also helped me to carry out works of web type helping me with codes of visual basic to realize an application in web with environment of php

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Visual Studio review by Anyi V.
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"very good software for systems development"

What do you like best?

is a practical and versatile to develop information systems and its multiplatform allows us to carry out projects for applications and for web, it has many assistants adapted to windows and this makes programming much easier since many of these tools have their integrated programming code, the work becomes easier, also has libraries for access databases and sql and also integrates wizards to schedule reports

What do you dislike?

It takes up a lot of space on the hard disk of the equipment and also consumes a lot of hardware resources so it must be installed in well-trained equipment, and additionally its projects are limited only to windows operating systems so you can not develop applications and install them in different operating systems

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in general I love programming in this software, it is intuitive, it offers a lot of help and work assistants, it is multifunctional and efficient, I only recommend installing it in a computer with a high standard of hardware

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I often use it to develop the administrative systems of the company where the inventory is taken, billing payments and collections from the company, it is very useful for me to use visual studio since I can integrate it with databases in sql server or acces and with reports in crystal reports and develop applications of high performance and high quality. I have also been able to work with web applications using visual studio since it gives us the opportunity to program on the web with ISS servers and it executes the php code

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Visual Studio review by Sumit K.
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"Single Tool you need for all your development"

What do you like best?

the best thing about visual studio is the range of features and languages supported by it. This tool forms a all in one package to meet most of your development needs. This tool supports latest technologies and incorporate support for various platforms. one of the most attractive feature i liked about it is XAMARIN with help of which you can develop android and IOS based apps quite easily from the same code.

What do you dislike?

Space utilisation by the tool is quite heavy. Packages required for various functionality are takes a lot of space and really turns up the system to slow down. Also, debugging of mobile apps is a bit messy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a tool that can incorporate latest technologies of the market studio can be your top choice. The performance of the tool is getting better with each update and compatibility of the product is also great.

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the best thing I liked about the tool is I don't have to go here and there for different features and tools if I need any. I just need to download the package of the tool and it works with studio without ant extra cost. thus saving a lot of money. Also the analytics provided by tool helps in optimising the processes.

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Visual Studio review by daniel b.
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"visual studio"

What do you like best?

is an application that allows you to develop web pages, is very good for when you are starting the world of programming since this is very complete with a graphical interface nice to look at and easy to use, it is worth mentioning that it is compatible with various platforms such as for example .NET, on the other hand supports multiple programming languages ​​among them is PHP which in recent times is being used a lot and this is preferred among developers.

What do you dislike?

what displeases is that to develop in the you must be a user of windows since this is not compatible with other operating systems, which limits it, since some users usually use other operating systems including Linux, this creates problems when you want send a project However, another problem is that it usually slows down the computers when the visio is running, which causes displeasure in users.

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if you want to share, you must first verify that the other user has windows installed on your computer so that there is no compatibility conflict.

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is currently used for the development of the system that will be the registration and control of intern in with php language codes, which will speed up the process of annexing, consulting, and taking control of passers-by although it is no longer in the evaluation period. which will allow you to know your basic personal information, which university or institute comes from, performance, start date and completion of internships, among others, saves quality time in the process. since the current one is carried manually.

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Visual Studio review by Silosmini B.
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"Visual studio my favorite IDE for writing code build project and easy to create application"

What do you like best?

Like and love, because Microsoft product always good they creates for people , I like its clean work space to write or create project.Easy to hands on writing code in this IDE,because it have good debugger to rectify our error in my code.it have one quality we also connect our team through server for edit and write code in it.

What do you dislike?

Dislike ,it is depend upon internet when we install IDE on our system very much time to install packages .sometimes crash IDE when we build our project.In c++ work space we write code in C it does not give some appropriate instruction how to handle error .sometimes difficulty face in IDE.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good software or IDE easy to use and create many more application,web projects many more using this IDE .It have great features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It always help to solve business problems it helps to create good and best application and share to market earn money for organisation.it have many work space IDE we create application like using C,C++ .it have great facilities to verify errors and solve and design many applications.

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Visual Studio review by Shrikant  R.
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"Easy to Use , easy to develop Applications."

What do you like best?

Creating web application and hosting it in IIS is very easly , deployment in azure is very simple.

we can quickly adopt to the new changes/updates. Every update from VS reduces the human work and saves a lot of time.

Pre build templates , Auth Modes , naming convention suggestion helps the developer alot.

What do you dislike?

Code Lens feature is missing in community eddition , but its not a big problem as we can still see the references using Shift +f12 key. At first its difficult to use but once we learn how to use through some links then we can easily use it.

When we debugging application if we are moving debugger from solution to solution through URl then it is stopping the debugging mode.

Recommendations to others considering the product

One must try VS , since we can write less code and achive more .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Visual Studio to develop web application , to create tasks , schedulers. easily we can build and host .Authentication is predefiened , which reduces the writting of large number of code.. Intregrating with other tool is lot more easier. like Visual SVN , TFS .

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Visual Studio review by Zandro Z.
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"Make Mobile Apps with Visual Studio"

What do you like best?

I make IOS and Android mobile apps with Visual Studio via Xamarin. It has very good intellisense features to help you recall code/methods. It also has nice graphical user interfaces (designers) to make Android, Windows and iOS pages visually. Performance is good and it is widely used - the latter is very important especially when getting help and support. Updates are seamless, unlike other IDEs, the software automatically informs you of the required upgrades. Also unlike other IDEs, compilation and build errors here are encountered less. As this is a Microsoft product, you are comfortable to know that the IDE will be continued to be worked on, improved, and supported. It is not going away anytime soon.

What do you dislike?

It has a lot of bugs which can be such a hassle. For example, if you make an XML file and do not save it and instead switch to code, the changes do not automatically get saved. In XML, when you click Format Document, the code all goes into one line for each element making it unreadable.

When it comes to compiling it takes a while for the first compile. And if you encounter issues in compilation it helps to manually delete the obj and bin folders.

Recommendations to others considering the product

learn development via MS Learn

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual Studio plain and simple has enabled me to make Mobile Apps via Xamarin. It is the most popular tool out there for the said platforms

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Visual Studio review by Arun S.
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"A powerful and a productive development environment"

What do you like best?

Best tool for software development because it is easy to use and provide multi language support feature.it has full stack development capability. users can use source control plugin integration like GIT, TFS etc.

Best part is the debugging support. VS is highly customisable to match one's need. Managing database, cloud, REST services is comparatively a less hectic.

What do you dislike?

Takes a very good amount of HDD space and memory for execution. The loading time for big projects is slow.Users have to spend high cost for Enterprise License

Recommendations to others considering the product

For developers its a best tool as compared to other IDEs out there.. You do not need to remember all the syntax and predefined library and function names as the smart intellisense works just best in its way. Just you need to have good configuration device.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i am using visual studio to create web API. which can be used to perform multiple operations such as insertion,deletion etc.

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Visual Studio review by Judah M.
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"If you use Unity, you have to use Visual Studio"

What do you like best?

The way it's integrated into Unity, is amazing. If you open up a C# script in Unity, it opens immediately in Visual Studio. Additionally, whereas I previously would have to switch back and forth between windows, but Visual Studio has the console built in, making it super easy to see where there are bugs and fix them.

What do you dislike?

As someone who just uses it for Unity, the amount of features is somewhat intimidating, but this is easily overlooked because of how great the software is overall. Sometimes it's errors are a little cryptic, and because of the amount of features, if you accidentally press a random key something unexpected will happen, but that all comes down to learning the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to read up as much as you can on the features before you get started.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm not sure what "business problems" I am solving, but I use it quite literally all day while I work on my VR project using Unity. It makes developing and writing scripts in C# as easy as can be.

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Visual Studio review by Manuel Alejandro U.
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"The best IDE for developers"

What do you like best?

I like the lot of usages for Visual Studio as Windows Applications, Web Sites (There we can find highest compatibility with Javascript, HTML and CSS), Windows Services, Mobile Apps (Xamarin), Library components as well.

I like also the posibilities to integrate a lot of packages with Nuget package manager, the intellisense is great to fast develop. The high compatibility with source control tools as git and TFS is the better.

What do you dislike?

It's very heavy. An Visual Studio Installation and setup can during until 3 hours. Also the minium requirements in newer versions are very high and its necessary have powerful machines to use it. otherwise the experience can be regular.

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It's a powerful tool to software develop despite be Microsoft. I prefer Visual Studio 1000 times as partner in diferent business.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had used MVC and API web sites in the most of business integrated with Git or TFS, Azure Devops as well.

Also i used it for Backend systems to comunicate with Android Apps.

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Visual Studio review by Raman K.
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"One of the best plateform"

What do you like best?

I will say Visual Studio is one of the best platform to start development because there are multiple options with infinite possibilities of development you can go with the C# .net you can go with ASP.net and visual basic itself is a great tool to be worked on there are a lot of options which I like the most the good thing is that if you want to work on particular thing you can install it by visual studio installer and can go with that

What do you dislike?

The only con. I find about the visual studio is that its really -really a heavy software and not meant for low-end PC's if you run in a low-end pc definitely it's gonna stuck and you pc would hang too much

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have developed multiple projects in it recently I have been working on asp.net and created an API Demo for client

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Visual Studio review by Anamul I.
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"Best software for junior developers"

What do you like best?

Visual Studios was the first open source Integrated Development Environment I used back in high school. It is very user friendly, and it is FREE! When i'm writing C# code it offers great help and suggestions. The color identifiers are also great for identifying certain key words, classed, namespaces, etc.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the compile time speed for the first execution of a build. I understand the first build will take longer than the others, but I feel this can be refactored to become faster. Also I dislike that the default white-space is white I feel it should be black!!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even if you don't plan to utilize this application everyday, definitely download this and play around with it occasionally.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have developed several applications using visual studies. There is a community of developers waiting to answer every question I have on stack over flow, so I never get stuck.

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Visual Studio review by Shrawan K.
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"Visual Studio friendly IDE for anyone student,developer"

What do you like best?

Theme style black theme and code writing in ide after any of code colorful design letters i just love most and i am friendly to write code in Visual studio ide and very fast response library based code come fast .Library adding process is simple and fast.

What do you dislike?

Dislike in visual studio any update coming or installing first time it is installing very much time use very much internet connection that is not good for poor student also ,that is not good .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Microsoft all products are every time good and user friendly and none of than visual studio is very good IDE for writing code and verification and code review easily search in visual studio because its theme is very good .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Yes,It was and it is solving many problems business and skill level of customer as well as developer .it is very good software for also student solving many more problems now a days.it is used for .net,c++,c wtc language it is more good packages .

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Visual Studio review by Rick Richardson B.
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"Master of IDE Visual studio all in one package, now a days most used application in this world "

What do you like best?

Aaah! All thing are best inside Visual studio IDE. Now of days all are using Visual studio for development any language using this IDE.It is lovable product created by Microsoft .Themes are best, library files finding process is best and speed is good.Most best thing is this IDE is used for C,C++,.net etc languages .Best supportive IDE.

What do you dislike?

Cost is high and another thing is when we writing code and using breakpoints sometimes system dll call is happen and its not going and how it comes and where it comes from we don't know.When write c programming in visual latest version does not support it only support visual 2006 and visual 2008.That some dislike points.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good application with good themes writing code easily and extract library files are easy to concern.Very much simple to write code and debugging .For Students it was and it is good for practice.Now of days most used used IDE in this world.black themes for visual studio is very much beautiful .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wooh,Visual Studio always solve business problems anywhere any companies using this IDE for solving ,development testing etc.Very much first to writing code and debugging code easily and verify error easily solve many more things.

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Visual Studio review by Gideon k.
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"support multiple languages."

What do you like best?

Support multiple languages:visual studion support alot of programming languages such as php,html,C# all under one platform.

Simple and easy to understand.

Intellisense are very helpful since they makes programming enjoyable.

Support many databases thus very reliable for programmers.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing to complain about visual maybe on the price but not on functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend visual studio for programmers and software developers to adopt the platform since it supports multiple languages making programming easy and reliable since the user can combine multiple languages.

Good user interface makes it esay to use and there is alot of support online and resources.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps in making very beautiful websites and makes it easy due to the templates which are very helpful and makes the work easier and saves lot of time.

Helps to makes a software from scratch to the end without even switching to another platform.

It supports of SQL helps to create strong portals which are reliable with financial reports.

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Visual Studio review by Alex K.
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"Simplicity and power in one"

What do you like best?

This IDE from Microsoft is unparalleled in it's overall ease of use. Microsoft's Visual Studio provides both new and experienced developers alike a simple experience to create powerful Windows applications, and more. With the introduction of .NET Core, it's easy to develop cross-platform applications in the languages you are already comfortable with. Developing native Windows applications with beautiful UIs and advanced and complicated functions has never been easier. Microsoft has perfected this software and continues to do so with regular updates, new features, and more recently, a free version of the software, allowing more people to get involved with programming. It's never been this easy to get started coding. Already know your way around some code? Well, not a problem. Microsoft has you covered there, too. With advanced functions, NuGet libraries to expand your programs' capabilities, lower level system access, and plenty of other features, you can get what you're looking to do done faster, more efficient, and more beautiful.

What do you dislike?

Visual Studio has little negatives to it. One thing I've found to be fairly difficult to understand at times is the official documentation. Sometimes it can be poorly explained, with little to no examples available. This can make it difficult to learn new concepts and discouraging to keep going when you're struggling. Fortunately, however, the online community documentation is probably one of the most expensive, right up there with the likes of PHP and other legendary languages with more user supported content and tutorials than any official documentation could ever cover or contain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a simple to use but powerful and extensive software development environment, look no further. You've found it. You're home. From the simple to the advanced, you're sure to find that this program will meet your needs. With a little searching online to get you started, it's super simple to dip your feet in, and in no time, you'll feel masterful. Youtube tutorials, StackOverflow, and other resources are ripe with information, resources, and examples to help get you started.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Any time myself, my clients, or my business needs to solve a simple problem, this software helps us create a solution in no time at all, with an elegant and simple to use and understand user interface. More complex problems are still easily resolved with Visual Studio, and can take a little more time to produce, but still come out substantially faster than developing your applications from scratch in any other IDE. Windows programmers and developers will find Visual Studio to be a godsend in terms of solving quick problems, anything from disabling the Caps Lock key programmatically, to creating advanced networking and interfacing solutions. Not a Windows user? Try looking into .NET Core. It's free, open source, and cross platform. It'll help you solve the same problems on any OS in the languages you already love from Visual Studio.

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Visual Studio review by Gabriel C.
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"I really like using Visual Studio Code"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio Code I like it too much since it has plugins for everything that is required, it has very good integration with the git system that allows you to version the code, it has integration with a console where you can debug your code, you can install plugins that help you in the development.

What I like the most is that it has improved a lot over time, it occupies less resources than before, that makes the developments more effective, the editing of the code is better with visual studio than with any other code editor.

In our company we always take visual studio to edit our web development projects and we love it, we always recommend it :)

What do you dislike?

Something that we disliked at the beginning of visual studio code was the high consumption of resources, it became extremely slow when editing code on a computer with 4gb of ram, but as it matured visual studio were decreasing the use of resources, I currently consider that's not a problem anymore, Microsoft really did a great job working on developing visual studio code! : D

Recommendations to others considering the product

Si estás buscando el mejor editor de código del mundo, te recomiendo usar visual studio code, es rápido, sencillo de usar y tiene una perfecta integración con el sistema git, te ahorrara demasiado tiempo al momento de editar código.

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808/5000

For months we used sublime text 3 (competition of visual studio), it became a problem since there was very little personalization and there comes a time when you question if sublime text is professional, then we made an analysis and noticed that visual studio code was for a long time better than sublime, we decided to try it and nowadays it helps us solve a major problem in our company: git version control, saves time, money and effort since by default it covers all the code automatically and we do not have to make a double effort in versioning it on our own.

visual studio code helps us a lot in making integrations with github and other code versioning software, we love using visual studio code for that! It is the best code editor.

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Visual Studio review by Timothy V.
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"A Great Tool for Microsoft Software Development"

What do you like best?

The flexibility in languages and ability to deploy to multiple platforms. You can choose from many different language and then have the packages for those languages installed on your system. You can also just start with one language and focus on that. It supports older languages like C++ and Visual Basic but also more modern solutions like C#. It also supports modern platforms like .NET

What do you dislike?

It's bloated and carries a very hefty footprint. It takes quite a long time to install and then once it's finished it takes up a lot of space on your hard drive. Additionally, the projects themselves, which Microsoft calls solutions, are very bloated and hard to push into a version control system without creating a ignore file which allows you to ignore parts of the solution file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you'd like to work with a new language I'd recommend checking out Visual Studio Code instead.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing and deploying software. We start by first developing our source code. Then we use Visual Studio to debug our code. Then we use visual studio to push our code to a version control repository. Once we have fully vetted our code we will then deploy to a build server which will kick off our build process. We also use visual studio to create side projects or try out new features which aren't part of our primary application. Because of this we've found Visual Studio to be a very versatile tool.

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Visual Studio review by Sean W.
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"The Best, Most Complete IDE"

What do you like best?

They've pretty much thought of everything with this IDE. Intellisense, Edit and Continue debugging, peaking at code in another file, on the fly error checking, integrated publishing are some of the features I like the best and use the most. Compile time is very fast and errors are quickly pointed out with suggestions to fix. Importing code from other sources like Git and NuGet is seamless.

Overall the product is very versatile and can handle multiple target platforms easily.

What do you dislike?

The product is immense - it can be difficult to find the specific function if I don't use that function very often. Sometimes, I feel it tries to do too much and, occasionally, the product will crash and that can be difficult to diagnose. However, recovery works pretty well.

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I've not used the Express version which is free. The professional version is packed with an incredible amount of functionality. Buying a book on Visual Studio is recommended to help identify the important, daily functions without getting distracted by the occasional use items.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in a small manufacturing environment of a low tech product but we use high tech to help us build, manage and ship these low tech products. We have a very small team of developers and are asked to do quite a bit which we love. VS gives me the tools I need to add as little or as much functionality as I need to work in a small (or mostly solo) team environment. As a result, we're able to process data in a very similar manner as much larger companies at a fraction of the cost.

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Visual Studio review by Thomas A.
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"An IDE ahead of the game"

What do you like best?

It is easy to use and fairly lightweight for a Microsoft product. It's not just great for C languages, Visual Studio Code is a great system for full stack developing. It gives me the ease of controlling my projects through good planning. Its versions have also made significant improvements over the years.

What do you dislike?

It is a heavy program that requires a lot of system resources to function properly, which involves an excessive loading time in some larger projects, sometimes even blocking the load. Also Microsoft has the tendency to overdo their products, so there a re a lot of features included in the base installation that will never be used by the average user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is indeed the best tool I have ever come across. Possibilities are endless, from legacy WinForms apps to Web Apps and services, Visual Studio is able to provide you with an easy to use, stable and reliable platform to build your apps on.

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I use this for basic inhouse application creation at the company I work for, so I don't have a ton of experience for enterprise applications but I will say that Visual Studio is miles ahead of most other IDEs. It has allowed me to create systems quickly no matter their size or difficulty.

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Visual Studio review by Ron Beau P.
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"Good, but quirky"

What do you like best?

Extensible - I can add templates, toolbox items, project types etc,

What do you dislike?

It wants to "straighten out" XML files that seem to create problems with 3rd party products, such as the BizTalk Deploy Framework. Search is pretty weak - search within a document and across a whole project or solution are completely different things. Some tools seem to corrupt a file often enough that it's a serious bug (the XSLT map builder for example).

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Consider using an editor like notepad++ for text files. Be very careful with TFS/Azure DevOps, once you put code in it really hates it if you try to move the physical path of the code.

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I develop systems integrations using BizTalk/.NET/SQL Server. I usually create a solution in Visual Studio I can share with my offshore team to use as a template for similar integrations. Typical challenges are putting facades on legacy systems, translating between applications within the enterprise, and secure communication of data across the cloud.

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Visual Studio review by Taylor L.
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"Visual Studio is tailored for developers"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio is lightweight and easy-to-use. Visual Studio Code, especially, is one of the best IDEs I've ever used. It's grid system, which allows its developers to organization several tabs within the same window - is very useful when developing full stack. Other editors I've used in the past, including WebStorm, feel clunky and slow. Best of all, it's free; there are no yearly subscriptions.

My personal favorite features is its out-of-box support for Git. We're able to view all Git changes - files and lines of code that have been added, modified, or deleted - all within the editor.

Lastly, although this isn't used much within the organization, Visual Studio Code's Live Share

What do you dislike?

Because the Visual Studio suite is so lightweight, it lacks key features and its developers are required to use third-party extensions to complete the experience it should have to begin with. An extension is required to duplicate a file in Visual Studio Code. Rudimentary features like that should come out-of-box.

More importantly, its IntelliSense needs an improvement. Files that contain over several hundred lines of code show a significant decrease in performance.

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Visual Studio is great for both standardization across an organization and individual programming.

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Code standardization is the most significant reason why we use Visual Studio. Because we all use Visual Studio, we're able to standardize our codebase for ease of review and further development.

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Visual Studio review by José J. R.
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"Una de las mejores Suite de Programación que existe en el mercado de desarrollo de software"

What do you like best?

Como una de las herramientas del paquete Microsoft, Visual Studio ofrece grandes propiedades, lo que la hace ser una de las aplicaciones bastante empleadas en el mundo del desarrollo de software. Que me gusta de esta aplicación. Que uno se adapta rápidamente a ella. Todo lo mantiene en un solo ambiente de trabajo. Cuando construyo una solución informática puedo manejar distintos proyectos a la vez. A través del Nuget, puedo buscar varios frameworks y aplicativos desde unos viejos a otros más actualizados con los cuales es compatible. Como desarrollador de software puedo buscar las distintas versiones de un producto, descargarlas, instalarlas y usar la que necesito para un proyecto determinado, sin mayor dificultad.

What do you dislike?

Insisto en que Visual Studio es una excelente herramienta de trabajo. Pero todo tiene un detalle. Es algo pesada. Consume muchos recursos de máquina. Se necesita un muy buen equipo para tener un buen rendimiento de la aplicación. Si la máquina es lenta, instalar y cargar Visual Studio es lento también.

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Visual Studio es una herramienta poderosísima, compatible con muchos frameworks, apps, códigos y lenguajes programación nativos. Puedes construir aplicaciones de cualquier tipo, desde aplicaciones de escritorio hasta páginas web. La recomiendo a cualquier empresa que desee dedicarse al desarrollo de software. Además, constantemente están actualizando la plataforma con nuevas y novedosas funcionalidades.

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Como expresé con anterioridad, soy desarrollador de software, tengo años de experiencia en esta industria. Y he trabajado largo tiempo con Visual Studio, lo cual me ha permitido construir un sin número de aplicaciones de muy diverso tipo, como por ejemplo: POS, sistema de recursos humanos, páginas web, software contables, de inventario, sistema naviero, entre otros. Su costo es asociado a los beneficios obtenidos

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Visual Studio review by Cory B.
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"Why Visual Studio is harmonious for organizing objects"

What do you like best?

I love how Visual Studio lends itself to an easy to use set of tools that are both practical and rich in their complexity.

For instance, as a frequent user of java in my OOP coding projects, and for my own personal proprietary software, I enjoy implementing the newest libraries in my JDK packages, which I always make sure to update with some frequency. The layout of Visual Studios makes it easy to work on many complex projects at once with easy to read groupings.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how many updates I need in order for the software to function properly, but I understand that this is a necessity for keeping up to date with the latest and greatest in software development.

I also wish Visual Studio loaded a little bit more quickly. And I wish it were easier to debug line by line, with more possible interaction of stop line symbols.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend that others make sure that their operating system is up to date as well as all the annoying mac OSX java updates, including legacy updates. These factors can influence how easy it is to use the already provided libraries with Visual Studio.

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I enjoy cutting the time I use writing code in half. This gives me more time to throughly design a system well in advance about how my various Objects will interact through encapsulation, polymorphism, etc. These are the things I need to spend my precious time on in order to have a well thought out and coherent vision. Visual Studio gives me tools and time I need to make this vision into a reality.

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Visual Studio review by Cole L.
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"Microsoft Visual Studio Changed My Life"

What do you like best?

Microsoft Visual Studio Has really changed my life. I was using applications like Np+++ to write simple html and CSS documents it was a real hassle. But then I found out Mircosoft Visual Studio and everything is so much easier. You Don't Have to remember closing tags or the exact syntax of a language. It's almost like it writes programs for you.

What do you dislike?

That Azure Dev Ops has a terrible pricing scale. Other than that nothing. The customer support could be better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it. If you have a company with more than 5 people you will need to figure out the weird pricing scale for Dev Ops.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speed. It's Much faster to use Dev Ops especially for mobile app development and web development. Also we are able to have everyone using the Same Cloud and IDE. It works on mac and windows and in browser so its super easy to not have to worry about Xcode on windows for exapmle. It also integrates well with almost all other Dev Tools like GitHub.

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Visual Studio review by Jack H.
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"Microsoft Visual Studio"

What do you like best?

Visual studio is one of my favorite programs because it allows me to turn complex applications into mobile ones for easier use, the UI is simple and comfortable for most users too and easy since you have everything right at your hands, its autocomplete is good, also it is mult-ilanguage.

What do you dislike?

The only thing that I didn't like was the installation process it took way too long, and it takes a lot of hard drive space, but disregarding these things it still makes it number one for developers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend this product to other companies just because of the ease of use with it. The product isn't cluttered or anything everything is just simplistic. Would definitely recommend this to beginners.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A benefit ive seen was turning applications into mobile apps, its so easy and everything is just right there for you, our company uses this a lot to work together towards the end product of an application.

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Visual Studio review by Sandesh B.
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"Microsoft Visual Studio"

What do you like best?

I am currently using Visual Studio 2017 and there are multiple features which I love. I can list some of them here.

Mobile development option.

EditorConfig is now built into the IDE.

Visual Studio 2017 also comes with a new installer.

Live Unit Testing.

Built-in Docker support.

and finally, I love these Keyboard shortcuts for Visual Studio they are very helpful while developing the application.

What do you dislike?

I am really enjoying the journey of Visual Studio and it's hard to imagine my work life without Visual Studio but sometimes it gets slower when working with some heavy applications but that's manageable I really appreciate the effort of Visual Studio Team.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very Handy tool to work on and it's having support for various plugins(Sonarcube, JetBrains products) you can also nowadays you develop mobile application using the latest Visual Studio.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we are developing and maintaining multiple applications in that majority of them are the in.Net platform, for example, web applications, desktop applications, web API's to name a few.

developing, deploying, Testing and maintaining the quality of the code is very easy with various visual studio tools and plugins.

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Visual Studio review by Andrew A.
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"Intelligent and interactive development environment"

What do you like best?

Visual studio is one of the most complete development environments that I have used since it allows me to create from complex desktop software for windows to hybrid applications for mobile phones, its interface is very comfortable and intuitive since you have all the tools at hand, It has a good autocomplete and an excellent debugger, also it is multilanguage.

What do you dislike?

The only thing against this IDE is that its installation can take a long time, in addition to requiring a large capacity of free space on the hard drive, leaving aside these things, it remains one of the best tools for programmers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Maybe I have to have some programming knowledge in .NET to use some of the tools that this IDE has.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to develop many applications for mobile phones with the C # language without problems, in addition, we have used it a lot to program collaboratively in the network of work.

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Visual Studio review by Barry G.
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"It is a one-of-kind IDE with one of the best debuggers out there"

What do you like best?

Visual Studio has great debugging tools and features. It is reliable. It has competitive C/C++ compilers. It supports an incredible depth of technologies and platforms that you could develop applications for. The product and its related compilers are actively developed. There are new upgrades, product releases, and new features added all the time. New versions of Visual Studio have good git source control support. Those have worked a lot better than third party git extensions. I would still advise users to learn how to really use git and use git for Windows instead but Visual Studio makes it easy to see version history and diffs without going to the command line, which, I thought was helpful.

You do not have to use everything in Visual Studio and as a user you have the ability to cherry pick what features you want to use and disable other features e.g. you could use it just for debugging applications (just the debugger). There are many configuration options which can be good and bad but it's easy to export & import your configuration settings.

I much prefer the experience in Visual Studio to NetBeans, Eclipse, RAD Studio

What do you dislike?

There are many product releases these days and in this new era Visual Studio requires that you log into it and be connected to the internet. The product is very expensive especially if you want to use the premium features, this stinks for non-enterprise users.

Visual Studio does crash every now and then or get into crazy states where you have to restart it or your whole computer. Sometimes the user is to blame and other times it's software glitches or bugs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's the go-to product for software development on Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft technologies.

It has one of the best debuggers that you could ask for. New Visual Studio product releases are including more and more support for non-Microsoft platforms. New releases are also increasingly allowing you to ship the same software to multiple platforms while maintaining a single codebase.

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I am able to build applications using Visual Studio. I am able to debug applications. I am able to devise build scripts and deploy plans for applications. I have tools available to me within Visual Studio that make it easier to refactor code. There are features for doing code audits or code metrics.

Visual Studio's IntelliSense makes it a lot easier to find stuff in a software project.

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"The best code editor in Linux and Windows"

What do you like best?

There are several points for which I like Visual Studio Code:

1.- Its simplicity, it is very easy to start coding with the

2.- Its plugins, there are many variety of plugins available in your store

3.- It's free, being open source I like it

4.- Made by Microsoft

What do you dislike?

Being honest there are very few things that I dislike, only that at first it was slow if you edited many files, apparently it was a ram problem, but with recent updates that is no longer a problem, in general I highly recommend it

Recommendations to others considering the product

the best editor of code into world

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual studio code saves me a lot of time, makes my developments more intuitive, more organized, faster, better structured, my skills as a programmer have risen considerably thanks to saving time with visual studio code.

I like it too much and I highly recommend it

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Visual Studio review by Rahul B.
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"Best in class microsoft project compiler which inclined to themself "

What do you like best?

The code assistant feature is the best thing what Visual Studio provides. It has got best in class real time code compiler which check for syntax and error before you actually compile the code. It has integrated libraries of most of the microsoft programming languages which avoid dependencies from downloading the libraries.

What do you dislike?

The software is very heavy for a normal use and requires lots of memory space as well as laggy on the system with low memory requirements. On laptop computers it consumes so much of processing power and RAM that it drains the battery very fast. There should have some lighter version of light memory users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great IDE in case the requirement is using microsoft specific language, comes with cost as well as processor power and memory hungry, in the end does the job well. In case you are user with beginner in coding any of the microsoft specific language this is for you but beware that most the code part is automatically written so you might tend to not learn the programming, which in contrast if very good for quick programming.

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Compilation of c++ is the best feature I have use. Along with it IDE it is very good and helpful to write the c++ codes. It's intelligent feature of giving code snippets save lots of time, however on the cost of memory. All in all, except the memory issues, the tool does the job very well.

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Visual Studio review by Bao-Toan L.
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"It's a great tool for application development"

What do you like best?

I like that it has the ability to host a huge range of different programming languages and that you the possibilities are endless to it's uses. I also like the forms and how the structure is similar to light room in that you can have are easily to hide and show windows. I like the error list because it helps fix somethings I forgot to add.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that how hard it can be to learn and use. There isn't enough tutorials in learning the programs and when it comes to debugging it is really difficult. It's suggestion for fixing the problem doesn't actually work and doesn't fix the problem. It's hard for beginners to learn on the fly and needs a lot of time to understand how to actually use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Youtube has a wealth of videos on application development

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I helps with the ability to make customizable apps that will be useful in the future when I need to use it for my business.

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Visual Studio review by Brian K.
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"Visual Studio is all you need"

What do you like best?

On Visual Studio IDE you can code in variety of programming languages. This is where I began my programming career. Over the years I have grown with it and seen it grow better and better. You can build dot net applications, websites and Mobile applications. I like C# programming language in particular and use it to build computer applications, Android and iOS applications. It feels great to build C# Xamarin applications without moving from the Visual studio environment. That way I get to keep Visual studio’s support community.

What do you dislike?

Installation takes a lot of time and so is the time taken to load some applications. During this slow loading and start up Visual studio can throw some unexpected errors and warnings which were not present in your last session. However, it's something you can manage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Visual studio to programmers of different levels, Beginners to experts. Can be used in schools for training and be used by professionals. It’s easy to use and allows you code in different languages while helping you correct your errors in a very effective way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing or building websites and applications gives us money. We use Visual studio as our programming tool. It saves us time when debugging our code and its user friendliness makes it easy and fun to code with.

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"One of the best IDE's I've used"

What do you like best?

The Intellisense, in my opinion, is one of the best features, and I like the ability to be able to just type something like cw, press tab and it writes the whole console print command, or prop to generate a property or ctor to generate a class constructor. I also liked the custimazation options. I lot of IDE's still let you customize them, but visual studio lets you go an additional step if you wanted to

What do you dislike?

At first, I did not like Visual Studio because I was so used to my other IDE, but after using it for several months it's hard to imagine I used something else, but the reason I didn't like it was sometimes finishing code using the Intellisense wasn't always as easy as it could be, you'd think if a keyword is highlighted in the IS you'd be able to just complete it, but you have to have at least one letter of the highlighted word in it, and sometimes even a single wrong character can through it off

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to take additional steps in order to get comfortable with the IDE, depending on which IDE you last used it can be really simple to switch over to, or it can be a bit harder to do so.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to integrate into many services like Git, GCloud and Azure makes publishing code very easy and reduces the need to open other programs

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Visual Studio review by Elisa M.
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